FILMS


Title   Cast   Director   Year Shown  Other Info    Country  Notes 


Alexandra

Considered “one of the least compromising directors in the world” by this year’s Persistence of Vision awardee J. Hoberman, singularly gifted auteur Alexander Sokurov returns with this stunningl    more...


  • Alexander Sokurov
  • Russia
  • 2007
And the Wind Returneth

Born in Moscow in 1927, Michael Kalik was arrested at 24 and sentenced to the gulag for “Zionist and anti-Soviet activities.” Only after Stalin’s death in 1953 was he able to return to Moscow fr    more...


  • Michael Kalik
  • Russia
  • 1991
The Arrival of the Train

The Arrival of the Train illustrates Russian history through images of its trains and train stations. Starting with the age of the tsars, the film passes through the Revolution, Stalinism, the    more...


  • Andrej Sheleznjakov
  • Russia
  • 1995
Ballad of a Soldier

A lyrical exposition of love arrives from Soviet Russia in its Ballad of a Soldier—the film honored with a Best Participation award at the Cannes Film Festival. Three elements of love receive    more...


  • Grigori Chukhrai
  • Russia
  • 1959
Barracks

A small but remarkably cosmopolitan village somewhere in the Urals, between war-ravaged Leningrad and the gulags of Siberia, is the setting of this whirlwind, tragicomic portrayal of Russian provincia    more...


  • Valery Ogorodnikov
  • Russia
  • 1999
Bliss

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  • Vitaly Mansky
  • Russia
  • 1996
Burnt by the Sun

An Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Mikhalkov’s most recent work, cowinner of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival’s Jury Prize, is the creation of a man facing the awful ghosts lurking in t    more...


  • Nikita Mikhalkov
  • Russia / France
  • 1994
The Cameraman’s Revenge

The characters in this melodrama of infidelity—which clearly influenced the Brothers Quay—are all played by actual insects that Starewicz painstakingly manipulated. On his way to work, Mr. Beetle     more...


  • Wladyslaw Starewicz
  • Russia
  • 1912
Chaika

A startlingly bleak yet beautiful film, Chaika somehow manages to sear even as it is set against the brutal, unforgiving cold of the Siberian landscape. Ahysa (Salome Demuria), a beautiful young Kazak    more...


  • Miguel Ángel Jiménez Colmenar
  • Spain/Georgia, Russia, France
  • 2012
The Cuckoo

At the start of this antiwar comedy, German soldiers force a Finnish prisoner to change into an SS uniform prior to chaining him to a rock in an open field in the northern wilderness. Not too far away    more...


  • Alexander Rogozhkin
  • Russia
  • 2002
The Daughter

For sensitive, sheltered teenager Inna, whiling away her days in a provincial Russian town deeply rooted in Orthodox patriarchy and seemingly untouched by the glitz of glasnost that has transformed he    more...


  • Alexander Kasatkin, Natalia Nazarova
  • Russia
  • 2012
The Delegation

Yet another gaggle of tourists arrives in Venice, the most magically beautiful city on earth—and, often, the most deceptive. All women, they are members of a “Delegation,” about to spend their f    more...


  • Alexander Galin
  • Italy / Russia
  • 1993
A Diary from the Next World

This documentary—forbidden for broadcast in Russia—is based upon the diaries of a survivor of the October 2000 terrorist attack on a Moscow musical theater.     more...


  • Oxana Barkovskaya
  • Russia
  • 2003
Dom: A Russian Family

Grigori Shamanov is gathering the entire family at his farmhouse on the grand steppes for a reunion to celebrate the 100th birthday of his father, the family patriarch. It turns out be an appointment     more...


  • Oleg Pogodin
  • Russia
  • 2012
Eisenstein: The Master’s House

Marking the 100th anniversary of Sergei Eisenstein’s birth—and the 50th anniversary of his death—this documentary to honor Russia’s great film pioneer is chock-full of fascinating facts and ma    more...


  • Marianna Kirejewa
  • Russia / Germany
  • 1998
Feats of Hercules

Animated actors and vases tell stories from Greek mythology. Part of a 100-film international project on the theme of world culture. —Robert Donn    more...


  • Sergei Ovcharov
  • Russia
  • 2000
Fish Dreams

Like the crabs that scuttle across the beachfront where he works as a deep-sea diver and woos his girlfriend Ana during sand-blown snuggles, 17-year-old Jusce crawls backwards, seeing but unable to re    more...


  • Kirill Mikhanovsky
  • Brazil/Russia/USA
  • 2006
Gardens in Autumn

Festival favorite Otar Iosseliani’s latest satirical comedy gains much of its charm from the casting of Michel Piccoli as a doting old mother, but seeing this iconic French movie star in drag (his p    more...


  • Otar Iosseliani
  • France/Russia/Italy
  • 2006
Get Thee Out!

Centered on the plight of a Jewish family in turn-of-the-century Ukraine, this impressive debut film presents a complex view of the transformation a quiet, rural community undergoes with the introduct    more...


  • Dmitry Astrakhan
  • Russia
  • 1991
The Grey-Bearded Lion

For an old circus lion, circus life has its perks, but he’d much rather be raising a family with a comely lioness back in Africa. —Tod Booth     more...


  • Andrei Khrjanovski
  • Russia
  • 1996
Hare-Hunting

A contemplative story about a young boy and his grandfather coming to terms with the death of a loved one. —Maïa Cybelle Carpenter     more...


  • Igor Voloshin
  • Russia
  • 2003
Harvest Time

This stunning film harks back lovingly but truthfully to the ’50s and the “I Married a Tractor” era of Soviet realism. A Woman Under the Influence might have been more appropriate, sugges    more...


  • Marina Razbezhkina
  • Russia
  • 2004
Hey, You Wild Geese

Lydia Bobrova's directorial debut is one of great emotional depth, sensitivity and unexpected deadpan humor. It tells of three brothers in an impoverished village: Mitka, an invalid unable to work be    more...


  • Lydia Bobrova
  • Russia
  • 1991
How I Ended This Summer

One place. One day. Two men. The place is a polar station on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. A day up here in the far north lasts weeks, since the sun never sets during the summer at this high la    more...


  • Alexei Popogrebsky
  • Russia
  • 2010
I Wanted to See Angels

A few of the older actors in the stunning new film by Sergei Bodrov (Freedom Is Paradise, SFIFF 1990) are professionals, but most of his young cast are kids that he and his partner—producer C    more...


  • Sergei Bodrov
  • Russia / USA
  • 1992
In That Land

In an isolated, forgotten corner of Russia, a fierce winter and a lethal vodka brew lay siege to a poor village. Unfortunately, the town manager’s relentless campaign against alcoholism has no disce    more...


  • Lidia Bobrova
  • Russia
  • 1997
In the Fog

In the opening scene of this deceptively low-keyed film, three men are hustled to a gallows set up in a Belorussian village square and hanged while children play, vendors sell and a Nazi official read    more...


  • Sergei Loznitsa
  • Germany/Latvia/Russia/Netherlands/Belarus
  • 2012
The Island

On a tiny, snow-covered isle in the White Sea, a deeply religious and deeply tormented man labors every day to atone for the sin he committed under Nazi duress more than 30 years earlier. Subsequently    more...


  • Pavel Lounguine
  • Russia
  • 2006
Khrustaliov, My Car!

Seven years in production, Alexei Gherman’s first film since My Friend Ivan Lapshin (SFIFF 1987) is a masterpiece of disorientation: Enigmatic gestures and events, elliptical phrases and soun    more...


  • Alexei Gherman
  • Russia / France
  • 1998
Koktebel

Gracefully spare and visually arresting, this moving story of a father and son traveling through the Russian countryside serves as a stunning reminder of film’s power to reveal all through carefully    more...


  • Boris Khlebnikov, Alexei Popogrebsky
  • Russia
  • 2003
Kosh Ba Kosh

Dedicated to “the women we love,” Kosh Ba Kosh by writer-director Bakhtiar Khoudoinazarov wryly depicts how gender relationships are altered by civil war. When the beautiful heroine, Mira,     more...


  • Bakhtiar Khoudoinazarov
  • Tajikistan / Russia / Switzerland
  • 1993
Living with an Idiot

A self-doubting Russian intellectual brings home an idiot—a mute giant—selected from among many others in a Goyaesque insane asylum. Little by little he takes over his benefactor’s life. Alexand    more...


  • Alexander Rogoshkin
  • Russia
  • 1993
Mausoleum

Postmodern irony meets the Soviet propaganda film in this stirring elegy for Lenin, long-dead symbol of the Bolsheviks. A must-see for Rube Goldberg fans. —Toni Hanna     more...


  • Alexei Khanyutin
  • Russia
  • 1995
Moloch

Hailed as a creator of “pure, uncompromising cinema” by international audiences and critics alike and the claimant to Tarkovsky’s spiritual and artistic throne, Russian filmmaker Alexandr Sokuro    more...


  • Alexander Sokurov
  • Russia / Germany
  • 1999
Mongol

Sergei Bodrov’s historical epic about the pivotal early years of Genghis Khan measures the human qualities against the legend, coming to a provocative conclusion. Namely, you don’t marshal dispara    more...


  • Sergei Bodrov
  • Germany/Kazakhstan/Russia/Mongolia
  • 2007
Mother and Son

Village Voice critic J. Hoberman was one of the first Americans to write about this extraordinary film after its February world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, where it was awarded two of the ma    more...


  • Alexander Sokurov
  • Russia / Germany
  • 1997
Mute Witness

With one twist after another, involving the Russian media, blood-caked knives, garbage bags of body parts and plenty of blood, both real and staged, you may get queasy, but you will not be bored with     more...


  • Anthony Waller
  • USA / Russia
  • 1994
Orlando

Orlando is based upon the Virginia Woolf volume of the same name and tells the picaresque tale of a young man who lives through four centuries in rather unusual circumstances. He progresses at     more...


  • Sally Potter
  • England / Russia / Italy / France / Netherlands
  • 1992
Palms

Palms is a documentary parable, a meditation on love expressed in a poetic narration over images of the unspeakably degraded lives of beggars in the streets of Kishinev, in Moldova (a small cou    more...


  • Artur Aristakisian
  • Russia
The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova

Anna Akhmatova—the high priestess of Russian poetry—was one of the most important poetic voices of the 20th century and a legend in the Soviet Union. The Personal File of Anna Akhmatova viv    more...


  • Semyon Aranovitch
  • Russia
  • 1991
Pharoah

Ancient Egyptian frescoes come to life in this inventive animated film, part of a 100-film international project on the theme of world mythology. —Michael Fox    more...


  • Sergei Ovcharov
  • Russia
  • 2000
Portrait of Boy with Dog

A coming-of-age vignette set in a Moscow children’s home.    more...


  • Robin Hessman, James Longley
  • Russia/USA
  • 1993
The Rape of Europa

Based on Lynn H. Nicholas’ award-winning book of the same name, this fascinating documentary is an epic exploration of how failed artist Adolf Hitler looted, plundered and pillaged the great art of     more...


  • Richard Berge, Bonni Cohen
  • USA/France/Italy/Austria/Germany/Poland/Russia
  • 2006
Russian Fantasy

Traditional folk objects spring to animated life in this inventive short, part of a 100-film international project on the theme of world mythology.     more...


  • Sergei Ovcharov
  • Russia
  • 2000
Russian Lessons

The 2008 war between Russia and Georgia—and its previous incarnation in 1993—forms the crux of this extraordinary documentary exchange, filmed not after the fact or from the comfort of an unaffect    more...


  • Olga Konskaya, Andrei Nekrasov
  • Russia/Norway/Georgia
  • 2010
Scarecrow

Amidst the desolation of the Russian steppes, a lonely little boy finds a friend in a scarecrow. The simple story and haunting ambient sound are stunning.     more...


  • Alexander Kott
  • Russia
  • 1999
The Scorpion’s Gardens

This fascinating film presents a wide range of footage from the ’20s through the ’50s newly retrieved from Soviet archives: never-before seen images of the Korean War and the invasion of Hungary a    more...


  • Oleg Kovalov
  • Russia
  • 1991
The Shattered Mirror

In January 1992 Marina Goldovskaya (Solovki Power, SFIFF 1989) revisited her hometown of Moscow to witness firsthand the sweeping changes taking place in her country. The Shattered Mirrormore...


  • Marina Goldovskaya
  • Russia
  • 1992
Silent Souls

The rites and rituals of the Merja people—an ethnic minority of Finno-Urgric extraction originally from the Volga region of Russia—form the backbone of this lyrical, sensual and dreamlike film abo    more...


  • Aleksei Fedorchenko
  • Russia
  • 2010
Sisters

Set in St. Petersburg, this breathlessly paced, beautifully proportioned action thriller focuses on two fiercely different half-sisters who share a beautiful but shallow mother. Serious Sveta, 13, liv    more...


  • Sergei Bodrov Jr.
  • Russia
  • 2001